Staff Sgt. Antonio Tucker disappeared in the water at Lake Mead on June 23, 2012. (Courtesy: Creech Air Force Base)
LAKE MEAD (FOX5) -
An airman who went missing in the waters last year at Lake Mead was identified as the body recovered this week.
A spokesperson from the National Park Service said the Clark County Coroner's office confirmed the body found Wednesday at the lake as Staff Sgt. Antonio Tucker.
According to authorities, Earth Resource Group of Las Vegas was given permission to search the lake for the 28-year-old Tucker. Tucker was presumed to have drowned on June 23, 2012.
NPS said the latest search effort began on Monday within a one square nautical mile of where Tucker was last seen in the Boulder Basin.
NPS also said the search crew Tuesday identified an object appearing to be human using side scan sonar. An underwater vehicle equipped with a camera was deployed to view the body, the authorities said.
A Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue crew brought the body to the surface just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Park rangers with NPS said Tucker, a Creech Air Force Base airman, was on a 21-foot boat with a woman and child when he jumped into the lake.
High winds pushed the vessel further away from Tucker while he was in the water, authorities said, with the woman unable to operate the boat.
An initial search by U.S. Coast Guard and Nevada Division of Wildlife resulted, which produced no sign of Tucker after six hours.
Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.
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